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Sports joy

December 5, 2006

It’s been a great year for me as a college football fan. Ohio State is 12-0, Big Ten champions, and will play in the national championship game. California is 9-3 and Pac-Ten co-champions. San Jose State is 8-4 and will play in a bowl game for the first time since 1990.

Even better: Ohio State beat Michigan, Cal beat Stanford, and San Jose State beat Fresno State. The last time all three teams won their rivalry games in the same year: 1979.


Mascot suggestion

October 17, 2006

The University of Puget Sound sports teams are called the Loggers and their colors are maroon and white.

With a domain name like, though, should those be “the Shippers” and “brown”?

World Cup pool results

July 10, 2006

Finished 4th out of 28 in Jack Bogdanski’s pool.

My only regret is not picking Germany to beat Argentina. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I picked Argentina to win it all.

World Cup semi-final games

July 5, 2006

Two great semi-final games this week in the World Cup.

Italy-Germany was scoreless until the 118th minute, but Italy was clearly the better team for most of the match. If Germany could have scored during the first 20 minutes, I believe they would have won 1-0. But the longer the Germans went without scoring, the more the Italians caught up, surpassed, and finally dominated the home side. The Germans seemed to be hoping to hang on at the end for penalty kicks, but Italy scored two spectacular goals to put it away.

As well as the Italians played, though, I pick the French to win on Sunday. Les Vieux’ performance against Portugal, like the ones against Brazil and Spain, was a combination of beauty and technique, unleashed on one of the best soccer sides in the world. The striking was weaker than it had been against Brazil and Spain, but the ball-handling, passing, and defense were stellar. If the French can play that way one more time, the Italians simply won’t be able to compete.

Tasteless soccer thoughts

July 1, 2006

It’s a shame England didn’t win today – if they had, we could have had an Allies semi-final (France-England) and an Axis semi-final (Germany-Italy).

Also, if France beats Germany in the final, would they start singing “One World War and One World Cup”?

England (1) 0-0 (3) Portugal

July 1, 2006

Three Lions on the pitch
Took another reaming
Forty years of which
Really has me screaming

World Cup picks

June 24, 2006

I sent in my entry for Jack Bogdanski’s pool last night.

My toughest choices were between Portugal and the Netherlands in the first round and Germany and Argentina in the second round, because I figured that the teams who win those games will be the finalists. I chose Argentina to beat Portugal for the Cup.

Thanks to TiVo, I hope to watch all 16 games (well, maybe not Switzerland-Ukraine). Also, I’ve been following Dylan Wilbanks’ World Cup blog.

And, of course, go England!

And1 in Portland

June 11, 2006

A year ago, I was sitting in a motel room in Ogden, Utah, on my way from Houston to Portland. I turned on the television, flipped to the sports channels, and started watching a program on the Deuce about a basketball team called And1 that travelled from city to city, taking on a pick-up team of the best local players at every stop. The Deuce had a marathon of the show that night, so I ended up ordering a pizza and watching four or five shows in a row.

I have watched the show only a couple of times since then, but I remembered it well enough to be taken aback when I saw the And1 players milling around outside the Finish Line shoe store in the Lloyd Center yesterday. They are playing tonight at the Rose Garden, but, unfortunately, it’s on a work night and there are other things I do on Sunday evenings.

(By the way: Saying The Professor is 5-foot-10 turns out to be generous.)

Footie chat for Lucy

June 10, 2006

England wins, and a West Ham goalie saves the draw for Trinidad and Tobago.

Can I guess you’re having a better day today?

Trinidad and Tobago 0-0 Sweden

June 10, 2006

The 0-0 soccer match is a metaphor for boredom, but this game was anything but.

Trinidad and Tobago lost a player to a red card at 46 minutes and were a man down for the rest of the match, but held heavily favored Sweden to a draw anyway. Trinidad and Tobago combined a conservative formation (4-5-1) with smart, aggressive, and energetic individual play. Sweden played well in the midfield, but couldn’t convert any of their 23 shots on goal.